Houston native Beyoncé and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, are among the latest public figures to have their private information posted for all the world to see on a website. The site includes Social Security numbers, credit reports, addresses and phone numbers of the singer and a number of other high-profile celebrities and officials.
Click2Houston.com has chosen to not publish the website url whose Internet suffix was originally assigned to the Soviet Union. The website, which touts itself as Exposed – The Secret Files – features a headline on its homepage that reiterates The Secret Files. A subheading then boasts “If you believe that God makes miracles, you have to wonder if Satan has a few up his sleeve.” The homepage photo is of a ghostly looking girl holding her finger to her lips.
Many of the subsequent pages feature unflattering pictures or taunting messages of the person featured. Others whose information is posted include pop star Britney Spears, Attorney General Eric Holder, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Both the FBI and the Secret Service said Tuesday they were investigating the site.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said he had "no assessments to offer" on the situation and referred questions to the Secret Service, which wouldn't provide further details.
The site grew from 11 names to 18 in the first 24 hours since it became public, with its operator adding additional features to count the number of visitors and a link to a Twitter account. It offers no explanation about why the targets were selected or how the information was obtained. The Twitter account includes an anti-police message in Russian.
Social Security numbers posted on Jay-Z, Mel Gibson and others matched records in public databases. Social Security numbers are not public records, although they were previously included in some court filings. Many courts require the information be redacted from filings since the numbers can be used to steal a person's identity and open credit accounts in their name.